WORCESTER businesses are joining forces to help make Christmas special for disadvantaged children around the region.

A new charitable scheme, Toys for Tots, has been set up by Richard Soper at Worcester Community Trust (WCT) working with Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce and the Worcestershire Ambassadors.

Over 25 companies across Worcestershire have signed up to the scheme, with employees at the firms buying gifts that could make a difference to a disadvantaged child.

Among the companies taking part are Worcester Bosch Group, British Gas, Npower, Nexus, Heart of Worcester College, Worcestershire County Council and Barclays.

Gifts are being left under the tree of participating offices and WCT will collect the donations.

Around 50 per cent of the toys donated will go to six community centres, while the remaining 50 per cent going to each company's chosen children's charity.

Richard said: "This is an opportunity for us all to think about others during the Christmas period.

"Whilst we’re out shopping all we have to do is to buy an extra present for a child that we don’t know but would really appreciate this act of kindness.

"We have been delighted with the response from the companies in Worcestershire and are looking forward to delivering the presents to the children.“

Companies interested in getting involved in the scheme can call Sally Wyatt at WCT on 01905 453453.